Friday, May 23, 2014

Learning Braille

On Friday one of the members of our school family introduced us to what it is like to read Braille. All of the students were given some basic information such as: every letter and number is made up of a combination of 6 dots and capital letters are signified by a single #6 dot proceeding the letter that is to be capitalized.

After learning a little bit, each child was given a mat and 6 yellow dots that they could use to build letters. We started out by practicing certain letters by being told which cells we needed to use. After a bit of practice, we were given a Braille alphabet sheet to guide our practice. As we practiced, each student was also asked to build one letter of their choice to try and stump our class expert. It was a great way for us to learn and for our expert to practice and reinforce his skills as well as he had to feel the letter they made and tell them which letter it was.
Each student at the end of our lesson was presented with a card that had their name written in Braille that our resident expert made for us, a Braille alphabet card with raised letters and a packet of Braille practice sheets so we could practice our names, riddles, etc. 

Can you figure out which letters each of the pictures represents? You can use the Braille alphabet guide to help you. 
Good luck!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Barkhausen Field Trip

Check out our video from Barkhausen. We had a fantastic day of sun and learning!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Writer's Tea

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our Writer's Tea!!
 What a fantastic opportunity for your child to showcase all of their hard work since the beginning of 1st grade. The anticipation, smiles, and excitement that permeated our room all day was overflowing by the time you arrived.  I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as your little author enjoyed sharing with you. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How old are you?

In Spanish class this week we are learning how to say how old we are. Senora had a fun little game/song for the kids to play to practice this skill. The words are below. Have your child share with you. Click on the video to watch it in action. Your child had to say, "Yo tengo (seisseite, or ocho) anos"

Friday, May 9, 2014

It's all about bugs...

Any guesses on what's in the bucket? Let's just say it was intriguing, cool and gross all at the same time.

It was a Bess Beetle and it and its 7 other friends are the new inhabitants of our woodland terrariums. The kiddos were quite surprised by its size. We use bess beetles so we can see all of the insect parts in large size. We were easily able to find and identify the head, thorax, abdomen, antennae, 6 legs, and its mouth parts which are called mandibles. Have your child point out these parts on the picture below.

Would you believe that almost all of the kids were brave enough to "pet" him? But even more incredible was how many kiddos actually held him.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Recess fun!

No rhyme or reason to this post other than to show you the fun that they kiddos had at recess today and that it actually looked like spring with some kiddos wearing short and no jackets.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

World Art Project

Has your child told you about our World Art Project? 

This is another Projects by Jen online project. This project is a collaborative project with 23 other classrooms around the world to create a rendition of Vincent Van Gogh's, Starry Night. Our class is responsible for piece number 10. We spent some time before spring break coloring our pieces so we could send them out to the other participating classes. Our group has classes from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade from places such as: North Carolina, California, and New Jersey and as far away as Canada and Australia. 

We also filled out an "All about Us" sheet that was sent along with our artwork. As our pieces come in we will place them on top of the matching section on our World Art Project board in the hall along with the information that each class sends us. 

On Friday, we Skype'd with a 1st grade class from Connecticut that is also part of the project but from a different group (There are 10 different groups of 24 participating) to compare our art work to theirs. We also discussed facts about our classrooms, schools cities and local weather with each other.

Here's what our project looks like now. We're about 1/2 way to having it completed.